Notes from an Exhibition

  • by Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Booksellers Association Independent Booksellers' Book Prize, 2008.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard & Judy's, Best Read of the Year, 2008.When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children are left to unravel a legacy of secrets and emotional damage.


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A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.


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A difficult book to like

I bought this book because it is narrated by Stephen Pacey, and because I like 'relationship' books. The idea for the structure is interesting - that each episode is linked to a picture from the posthumous exhibition of Rachel Kelly's work - but in the end it's unsatisfyingly 'clever' and confuses more than it explains, because of the way it jumps around in time. The only real problem with an audio book, especially if you are listening while on the drive home from work, is that you can't flick back to previous chapters to find the thread of a character's story, so just have to press on and hope things will be explained by the end. And that is the main fault with this book. It just stops, and misses out the most important scene in the lives of all the characters. I could see it coming, in tantalising (but self-conscious) snippets, but it would seem the last picture in the exhibition is missing.
Beautifully read by Stephen Pacey but I don't think I'll bother with any more Patrick Gale.
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- Lily the Pink


I don't often give books 5 stars, but this one really deserved it. An intriguing and well-constructed plot, believable and interesting characters, fine, subtle writing without any pretentiousness - what more could you want? It was beautifully-read, too. I was really sorry when it came to an end - but hurrah! The ending was satisfying, and not cliched or predictable.
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- Mirium

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-08-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios